SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Hana Mandlikova led Czechoslovakia into the semifinals of the Federation Cup tennis tournament Friday with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph over Catherine Tanvier of France.
The Czechs, co-favored with the United States to win the 32-nation tournament, beat France 3-0 to advance to a semifinal meeting Saturday with Yugoslavia, who also moved on with a 2-1 victory over Bulgaria.
Mandlikova, ranked No. 3 in the world, built her offense on rocketing serves, consistent vollies and drop shots. Earlier, Helena Sukova, ranked 16th, flashed fast serves and long, hard volley shots past France's Christine Calleja to win 6-4, 6-1.
Yugoslavia's Sabrina Goles defeated 15-year-old Katerina Maleeva of Bulgaria 6-4, 7-5, but Katerina's sister Manuela fought to a 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 win over Mima Jausovec to tie the quarterfinal series.
Goles and Jausovec went on to defeat the Maleevas 6-3, 6-1 in doubles with long, fast cross-court shots and smashing serves.
'Katerina and Manuela played poorly in doubles,' said Bulgarian coach Yula Berberian. 'Their doubles game was unrecognizable.'
The U.S. team, led by Kathy Horvath, prepared to meet Australia in the other semifinal Saturday.